September 07, 2022
Hapū has bone to pick with elite school
Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei is unhappy with the way Epsom Girls Grammar handled the discovery of koiwi.
A teacher asked two Māori students to say a karakia before the removal of the bones, which had been used in the past for teaching.
Ōrākei is unhappy with the way Epsom Girls Grammar handled the discovery of koiwi. Chair Marama Royal says the board will offer support to the students and advise the school about what should have been the proper process.
“It is a very tapu kaupapa and something that needs to be done properly so our aroha goes out to those kotiro and their whanau but we will be making contact to offer our manaaki and aroha to them and to ensure the process is done properly,” she says.
The bones have been removed to Auckland University.